The Middle Mind

The Middle Mind

Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves

Book - 2003
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A light-hearted examination of the current decline in American imagination in such fields as the media, politics, and technology considers how modern practices toward following a path of least resistance enables inconsistent or less responsible behaviour.
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060524364
Branch Call Number: ANF 306.0973 WHI
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 06, 2015

I recall reading White's attack on Terry Gross and very much enjoyed it. While I agree with some stuff in this book, I feel White doesn't still grasp the manufactured consent portion: Charlie Rose was a member for many years of David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission [only recently having his name removed]; Brian Williams' recent whopper on his helicopter experience in Iraq is what's to be expected of a professional teleprompter reader, as these types aren't really journalists. E.g., the idiot Dan Rather, easily flummoxed by a fabricated doucment about the truth: G.W. Bush's missed ANG meets, when in point of fact the real story, which Rather would never get in a million years, being nothing but a professional teleprompter reader, is that President Bush had never attended OTS [Officers Training School] nor flight school!

Apr 02, 2011

This book has a blurb by David Foster Wallace on it. I don't recall the quote and it's not actually important. What is important is that Curtis White, like David Foster Wallace are deeply humane intellectuals who take human expression and the potential of art very seriously. It's that fact that compelled the review from Publisher's Weekly to label this "elitist" when it's anything but. A wonderful book that may hopefully prove abrasive enough to some to rub apart the smoothly stirred, smug melange of art and commerce we've come to believe speaks to us.

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